I headed over to Malibu Lagoon State Beach after Todd McGrath reported a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull on Sunday. I never found the bird, nor did Todd and others that looked on Monday, but I did get some nice crackers of Mew, Glaucous-winged, Bonaparte’s Gull and other goodies.
There were well over 300 gulls on the beach, the most numerous being California and Western, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s in order of magnitude. I counted 25 Snowy Plovers along the Lagoon and many of the other usual suspects.
Western Gull exhibiting very “yellow” legs
Glaucous-winged Gull (left), Western Gull (right)